How to pick the right CCTV System for your Home

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Finding the right home CCTV System for your home or business can be a difficult task. There is a lot to take on board if you want to ensure that you have purchased the best product for your requirements.

CCTV and video surveillance systems are proven to reduce crime, protect people and property. Typical CCTV systems and Home Alarm Systems will consist of a number of cameras and more often than not a digital video recording device (DVR) and viewing monitors, too.

While any form of CCTV system that you have in place is better than not having anything in place at all, for peace of mind when it comes to purchasing the best and most effective CCTV equipment it always pays to ensure that you have the right elements in place.

Before purchasing the right CCTV and video surveillance equipment there is plenty to think about. Below we have listed some questions to ask yourself when it comes to buying surveillance equipment.

1). What do I need it for?

If you are looking for a CCTV camera system for a large office space, or work area, your exact requirements will be completely different to what you would want for your home surveillance. A top tip is to think about what you are going to actually need your surveillance camera for.

2). High or Low Risk?
You may be able to answer this question from the first, but not always. For example, you may want a CCTV system for a shop installed, but how high a risk is the shop to fall victim to burglary after hours? Or is it more likely that your CCTV system is being installed to track pick-pockets and petty theft. If so, you may require a different type of surveillance system.

Likewise, for your home you may feel fairly secure and live in an area where you think the chances of being robbed or broken into are low. While you can never be 100% sure that you will not become the victim of a robbery or theft, you may not want to invest in buying everything you can for what you perceive to be a low risk.

3). What extras do I need?
CCTV technology has advanced considerably in recent years. Improvements in technology, cheaper costs and more expertise in terms of deployment mean that the days of installing a single camera hooked up to a video recorder are well and truly in the past. So a question to ask yourself when looking in to CCTV systems is – what extras do I need exactly?

For example you can today choose from a whole range of security measures. These include items such as fast alarm response, perimeter protection, personal attack monitoring and even devices such as anti-theft fog deterrents (fog released into an area to deter any intruders).

Meanwhile when it comes to your home you may feel more secure by installing a door entry system. The benefits for a door entry system means that you will be able to view and speak to visitors before you let them into your home.

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